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Well the interview at my friend’s workplace has not happened. I responded to the email from HR with my availability and never heard back. I even sent a follow up email and radio silence.

My friend thinks it’s rude and strange and has recruited her supervisor to investigate. Maybe my responses are going into her spam? I don’t know.

Work is still crazy. But I did manage to get a few hours uninterrupted the other day. It’s amazing how people will leave you alone if you stab a bagel with a butter knife. LOL Ok that makes it sound more intense than it was. But basically the butter knife would not cut it so I had a minor temper tantrum. Since I am always easy going this was alarming to most. So they stayed out of my way. 🙂 I got a lot done. I might want to try it again in a few weeks.

I hurt my back working out yesterday. It feels like someone stabbed me just under my left shoulder. It hurts to breathe deeply. It is better today but still not in the clear. I am still working out though. Only walking, gentle walking as I can’t really raise my left arm too much. And I don’t want to get out of breath.

Since my weight loss is stagnant, I have decided to give up land animals and gluten for Lent, which starts on Wednesday. While I am not Catholic, I have in the past given up land animals for Lent and lost some weight because of it.

I am looking into vegetarian recipes, so if you have any that aren’t too complicated or have Tofu in it please send them my way. I will still be eating fish and diary as I need “easy” protein sources until I get into the swing of things.

Once Easter has passed, I will do a cleanse and most likely return to my meat eating ways. I hope to be more plant based though.

 

Work update

Sometimes I really love my friends. One of my oldest friends sent me a text last week to let me know her workplace is hiring. I immediately sent her my resume. We went back and forth regarding some of the details of the job and the company. I told her my salary range and that I was flexible and the HR rep from her company still sent me an email inquiring about coming in for an interview.

I am fairly sure the position will pay less than my current gig. How much less remains to  be seen. I am trying to figure out how much of a salary cut I am willing to do. My main focus is the ability to grow, short term pain for long term gain. 😉

There are other benefits that might make a pay cut acceptable, such as retirement contributions matching and profit sharing. It is further away (20 mins vs my current 10) and would take me back to 2 weeks vacation …

I have given either Tuesday or Wednesday as options for the interview and will probably take the day off. I need a break. Last week was incredibly frustrating as it was determined that I must get a laptop even though I will never take it home. I live 10 minutes away and am a workaholic. I don’t see a time/day that I could not make it into work. What I can reasonably see is that I would start working from home and making my days even longer. No thanks.

Back to the new laptop which was not set up when I came into work … 😡 Couple that with we are doing renovations and needed to pack up and empty our desks so the new carpet could be installed over the weekend. I took everything I owned home. I am mentally done.

I hope when I get my next job offer I can give more than two weeks notice as it does take long to find acceptable candidates. One of my team members is leaving and has told our manager. My manager can not start interviewing until my coworker hands in her written resignation.

The madness continues. I hope this week’s interview will being positive results. Wish me luck!

 

February Goals

I’ve had this post in my head since last weekend … Better late than never, right?

Right now I am struggling with life/work balance. I am so unhappy at work I have started looking for another job. I moved to the early shift and still find myself working at least 2 hours overtime almost every day. 😦 The only “bonus” is that I am still leaving work at a “reasonable” hour. I really thought that work would get better since we were bought out but that is not the case. It also does not help that just about everyone in my department is miserable including my manager.

Friday had me running around like a chicken with my head cut off as we’ve just implemented a new pricing process that requires multiple busy people to look at our costs before the quote goes to our finance department and then back to our VP of sales. If she changes a penny, it must go back to finance for approval …

The process is taking 5+ days. Unacceptable, but what can we do. It honestly feels like we are being set up to fail. I am told right now is our busy season and it will slow down but I am not seeing it.

On the fitness side, I am still managing to fit in at least a 20 minute workout into my day every day. My body is tired but I am getting it done. I want to increase the amount of time I exercise but I have not yet convinced myself to work out before work. And when I get home, some nights I am so hungry that I inhale a yogurt before exercising and then choose a 20 minute workout. I still have not attempted a Jillian workout.

I need to get a better handle on my food intake. I was supposed to start tracking it on Feb 1 but … I neglected to. Made myself the world’s most awesome sandwich for breakfast today and yesterday. Put it into myfitnesspal.com only to cry at how calorie heavy it is. No regrets, but it is an eye opener. Also my water intake has fallen by the wayside. 😦

Financially … I have not been as diligent as I used to be with my money. I have been having way too many coffees out. Considering I am/was a one coffee a day kind of girl and 99% of the time it was instant from home as I am not a “real” coffee drinker. I like coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee, flavoured is my jam. This new habit of going for a second coffee 3+ times a week needs to end.

Basically I am a hot mess and need to get myself back on track. This is the month to start focusing on me.

 

Anyone still out there?

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Firstly Happy New Year!!

I was going to try to pretend like I having been MIA for the past 3 months but you’re smarter than that!! LOL

Truth is I has little to say, then I got a life. I tried on-line dating and went on more than my fair share of first dates. Met a guy I thought was cool, he claimed to feel strongly for me. This creeped me out as we had not known each other long before he professed his love. As it turns out “love” to him has a very different meaning to him than it does me. lol

Met another guy, who seems to be entertaining to say the least. He does not require nearly as much attention so I am back!!!

Dating makes you fat. There I said it. So it is back to on the exercise bandwagon for me. Much to the dismay of the new dude as he likes the extra size. Crazy!!

Project Get Healthy (PGH) is back in swing. I have recruited some friends and coworkers to join me on my quest to reduce my size. First thing I am committing to is daily exercise in some form. So much so that I came home tonight at 2am and did a quick light (non-Jillian) workout so that I could count it for January 1.

The next thing I need to do is get back to tracking my calories. That will be Tuesday’s fun. Can’t have too much going on all at once. **tee hee** 😉

Work has been crazy. We started flex hours which means I come in 1 hour earlier and leave at regular time IF I am lucky. I am going to try harder to get a handle on this as time progresses. Really need to get my work/life balance back.

I am so behind in my blog reading. I am reading posts from early November … OCD me will not let me skim ahead or work backwards. I was hoping to catch up over the holidays and I made great strides just not enough yet. I will get up in a few and get back to it.

Other than that life is good. My kids are doing well and have not driven me to drink in a while. Touch wood as now that I’ve said it I feel like I have opened it up to the universe.

What’s new or good with you?

 

You have been neglected

There I said it.

I am really starting to debate what to do with this space. I feel like I’ve been writing too many been a bad blogger posts.

Week before last was a particularly trying one at work with way too much overtime.

This week was much better, work wise but I fell off the exercise wagon. 😦 I was doing so well for so long.  Oh well no use dwelling on the past. I will just jump back on today.

I have managed to read a few books.

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I enjoyed every one and highly recommend them.

There was also numerous movies … now you’re beginning to understand why I have not found myself in this space.

Add in a new TV schedule and there are just not enough hours in the day.

Yeah …

That’s my story. 😉

 

I started a cult

I went to work yesterday raving about jumping on the zoodles bandwagon and my roomie went to get this one on sale from the local kitchen supply store.

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Well she came to work today raving about how awesome the zoodles are. She cooked 4 big zucchinis to feed her daughter and son’s girlfriend and had no leftovers.

She went back to the store today to buy 6 more!!! 4 other coworkers wanted in on the $5 deal. And she picked up one for her aunt and son’s girlfriend.

I’m shocked at how many of my coworkers thought this was a great idea.

If ever I doubted the power of personal recommendations, this experience would have changed my mind.

Work drama

They let the newest hire go yesterday and since then the crazy has become more evident.

It was around midday and we were called into a meeting in another part of the building so she could get her stuff and go.

During the conversation between this employee, the VP & my manager, the employee became incredibly loud and emotional. She was rambling on and on and the person who sits outside the conference room got an earful. She had to be escorted out of the building.

Since her departure, she has called my manager 6 times, sent her 10 text messages, emailed 2 coworkers 3 times and texted 1 coworker twice. Repeating over and over again how much she has been betrayed by my manager and my personal favourite “I did nothing wrong to get this type of treatment”.

What the what??? O_o

We’ve been instructed to not respond if she does contact us and to pass all correspondence to my manager.

It is very alarming how unstable she is. So much so we are in talks to change the entrance code to our building.